I didn't know anybody else here watched Dooley back then. He was a really good defender. As for Lalas, I always thought he was a little too slow for international football, but their options were limited at that time. Brazil is Brazil. They will always make you look silly, but by and large, I think the US always played an efficient tactical game against them, limiting their chances and keeping the deficit low. I would be happy if Dooley can make the Azkals just as efficient, even at the price of not scoring too many goals. Hopefully we don't see any more of the headless chicken act that the Azkals defence sometimes employed during the early part of the Weiss regime.
Indeed I watched him but only on TV. I saw all the US games live on TV in the 1994 World Cup. Dooley was solid and I knew about him as I did just about all the players, but I paid more attention to Lalas (yes, slow but excellent positioning), Cobi Jones and Earnie Stewart.
For all the talk about the US team then having non-US grown players and the analogy to the Azkals, that US team was composed mostly of US grown players. The Azkals today are dominated by European players. So the comparison is not quite fair.
Anyway, I like what I've been reading about Coach Dooley, I like that it's only a 1-year deal, I like that he prefers saying football to soccer (we all know he will for sure say the opposite in the US ).
Actually that is an unfair comparison. The US already had their grassroots expansion after the NASL brought their stars incl. Pele, to the US, long before Dooley arrived, so of course they already had homegrown players. Prior to the NASL, only immigrants or children of immigrants from football loving countries played the game, which by the way, is another factor the Philippines doesn't have. Our foreign born Azkals are like the NASL stars, the catalyst that sparked the interest that is allowing football to grow domestically, both through grassroots development and through the domestic league. It will still take some time, before both mature enough, to catch up with other nations.
As for that national team in early 90's that included Wynalda, Stewart, Jones, Balboa and Lalas, they had the unique advantage of being brought together straight from college and elsewhere and training like a club, playing together for a long time, playing many friendlies and tournaments against strong opponents, which helped them develop and achieve team cohesiveness that you don't normally see in a national team. It wouldn't be possible for us to do this financially and was a one time model to help them get to the World Cup and to overcome the disadvantage of not having a pro league. It was never repeated again and became redundant with the formation of MLS.
i expect some changes in our roster. this is Anton's chance. and we can expect a new look backline
TBH I dont see any changes. I also dont believe the new coach will use alot of the UFL boys in any of his line up in the near future. Forget the Aginaldo, beloya or any other young guys that you want to see "have more experience" to see any game time or call up aslong as the regulars are here. This is because of the short period and the high expectation that is put upon the coach. He is only contracted for 1 year and he must win the challenge cup and Suzuki cup. Expect that if the "OLD" euro based players are here, he would use them because of the gap between UFL boys compare to the foreign based.
I really believe that the 1 year contracts that the PFF is handing out lately is a disadvantages if the PFF wants to develop the local based players. The coach will only think short term (win, win, win) NOW! And how would he do that? By using euro based players who are although old(all the knock of people here) are still by far better than anyone local based.
To be honest, I cant blame him if he ride on the old guys and not use the UFL boys because of the risk and reward.
yup, encouraging signs to say the least. He already met the Div 1 clubs representatives last night & from what i read from their personal accounts, their meeting went well. Good to see the new coach is not wasting any time.
PFF President Nonong Araneta (6th from left), new Philippines national head coach Thomas Dooley, team manager Dan Palami and Atty. Ed Gastanes are flanked by (from left to right:) PFF representative Jaron Genota, UFL Head of Football operations Ritchie Gannaban, Mark Malcampo of Global FC, Randy Roxas of Loyola Meralco Sparks, Filbert Alquiros of Stallion FC, Rodrigo Davalos, Nicholas Reyes of Team Socceroo, John Gutierrez of Pachanga PLDT Home FIBR, Paul Tolentino of Kaya FC, Aris Caslib, and Hans Smit of Green Archers United Globe during last night's dinner in Greenbelt 5, Makati City
Dooley is on the topmost row next to Lalas and behind Wynalda. Did you notice that Wynalda was not smiling in that picture? There was a rumor going on at that time that his US teammate John Harkes who is all smiles in that picture, was having an affair with his wife. Apparently coach Steve Sampson dropped Harkes from the 1998 Woirld Cup team because of those rumors which is similar to what happened to John Terry in England.
“The second thing is, you have to understand what your role is in the game. For example, if I have a center-back who is always going up front and leaves the back, then I have to talk to him. ‘This is your position, and you have to play that role.’”
BoyBacolod: If some UAAP or NCAA schools will join the new league in one form or another, it may remove the gap between U22s and seniors. The schools can devise a system akin to sports academies, education is important after all.
Feb 28, 2019 18:16:35 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Will the PFL be like the San Marino league system, where there are no so-called "home" stadiums.
Mar 2, 2019 12:39:19 GMT 8
leoisiah: Gibraltar also has a single stadium for their league.
Mar 12, 2019 8:27:57 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Rules are rules are rules. The two clubs should have known better. They are given loads of time to act on it. And to those who say PFF sucks, sometimes they do but one thing they are consistent is sticking to the rules.
Mar 25, 2019 10:42:16 GMT 8
truman: Agree @boybacolod
Mar 25, 2019 14:49:21 GMT 8
truman: lowkey cringe sa conyoness ng PPL FB page.
Apr 8, 2019 10:11:23 GMT 8
truman: sad day for philippine football
Apr 27, 2019 13:22:38 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Why I like UAAP football, no more extra games for seeding.Makes me think about European efficiency. Wish gayahin din sa basketball (very sketchy tiebreakers), like Euroleague.
May 8, 2019 14:02:35 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Negros Occidental footy fans, expect more football this 2019, now that a San Carlos native is governor.
May 14, 2019 2:05:22 GMT 8
Jun 9, 2019 18:39:47 GMT 8
@BoyBacolod: Hamak na mungkahi lang. Mabuti siguro kung maipromote ulit ang larong sipa. Daming maling sa sipa na mga bata, mabuting transistion for futsal, kung hindi regular football. Parang sa Thailand, sepak takraw, o chinlone sa Myanmar.
Jul 24, 2019 19:12:53 GMT 8
bluedevil2k8: guys please support the across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 19:18:16 GMT 8
papajamba: listening now to simone rota - across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 23:48:32 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: As long as Ricky Yanson is professional to Ceres FC and extends support to the Azkals in general (Ceres Azkals in particular) during home games, he can be PFF president in my book. Much better will be reconciling with Leo, though that idea is Farfetch'd.
Sept 21, 2019 23:07:36 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Kaya fans wishing that Ricky Yanson wins the PFF presidency is akin to GMA fans wishing that Congress and President Duterte will not renew ABS-CBN's franchise.
Oct 24, 2019 21:10:39 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: We will wait for the basketball and volleyball ASEAN teams and then we compare their reception to that given to the football delegations, where ALL ASEAN nations participate. Now there will be foreign scrutiny in every move of PHISGOC.
Nov 24, 2019 23:20:26 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: DDS trolls underestimated the SEA football community. Having no prior exposure to football culture, they dismiss any and all so-called sabotages as destabilization plots, to the point that they do not support the teams, especially the women.
Nov 27, 2019 15:25:36 GMT 8
Passerby: That's awkwardly worded.
Mar 6, 2020 21:09:41 GMT 8
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nil: anyone have any ADT FC's contact?
Jun 3, 2020 11:30:08 GMT 8